I've been working like crazy the past few days trying to get my list of boat projects completed so I don't have to work on boat projects once we leave here. I don't mind working on the projects, in fact I enjoy most of it. I just don't like the messiness that comes along with it. I am admittedly a bit of a neat freak and start to get nervous and edgy as things become messy. The past week has truly tried my patience as everything was Topsy turvy inside the cabin while I worked on the fuel tank. I even had to carve out a little space on the settee in the main salon to sleep as the fuel tank locker is under my berth. I was thankful though for a hot shower at the end of the day and easy access to a hardware store (a couple of miles each way on my bike).
So now the fuel tank locker is clean and freshly painted, the new fuel tank is installed with new hoses, valves, etc. and thankfully fits perfectly! While waiting for the paint to dry, I organized all the spares & tools that are also stowed in the fuel tank locker and made little stowage bags for everything out of left over fabric. It's probably safe to say that we have the only boat with a jig saw stored in a blue-flowered bag with a ribbon drawstring :-)
I finally got everything put away and cleaned up last night and could actually feel myself getting calmer as things were getting neater. How I wish I could be one of those people who happily lives in a mess as I think they are much happier overall than we neat freaks.
I'm also excited about the new mattress for my bunk. I started with a piece of 4" thick dry fast foam that I bought from thefoamfactory.com for about $250 including shipping. I chose the dry fast because water can just pour through it, it drys quickly, and most importantly, it doesn't retain heat like the regular foam, which makes for cooler sleeping in the tropics. I then made a cover using a mesh type fabric similar to Phifertex for the sides and bottom. I used a very thick, quilted, mattress topper for the top that I cut to fit, sewing it all together for a neat cover. Now I have a beautiful and very comfortable custom boat mattress for about $350. It has the added advantage that as needed I can take off the cover and launder it, wash the foam using a garden hose, ensuring I always have a fresh smelling, clean mattress.
More projects this week, but we will leave by month's end finished or not. I'm getting exc